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Portal de Santa Madrona

The Portal de Santa Madrona opens the Jardins del Baluard

The first, third and fourth Sunday of the month, the only mediaeval gate still standing in Barcelona will be open.

Mediaeval Barcelona is still visible at many points in the city, especially in the Gothic Quarter, where many buildings from that era still remain standing. However, the only surviving gateway in the mediaeval wall from the 14th-century city is Santa Madrona, on Avinguda del Paral·lel. This gate that led into Barcelona is also the most privileged entryway to the current Baluard de les Drassanes or Baluard de Santa Madrona, a bastion which was added in the 18th century. These spaces are usually closed to the public, but occasionally they are opened so that everyone can enjoy them. And the group that confers the much-deserved realism on this occasion is the Colonel of Barcelona Historical Re-creation Association, a group that dresses in period garb and holds a curious ceremony to transport visitors back to the time when it was built.

This activity is held the first, third and fourth Sunday of every month throughout the entire year from 11 am to 2 pm at the Portal de Santa Madrona, which is part of the building that currently houses the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. Thanks to this event, citizens can once again enter the city through the old gateway and stroll through the gardens of the bastion located atop the wall.

Anyone can visit the Jardins del Baluard and the Portal de Santa Madrona free of charge. You can find complete information on the website of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona.

Publication date: Friday, 09 August 2019
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